>Dogtooth makes Oscar Foreign Film shortlist; Uncle Boonmee snubbed

>There is less than a week to go before the nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards are revealed, so it hardly seems worthwhile reporting this, but…

The Academy have narrowed down their 65-picture long list of contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film to a tight nine, before it is refined to a further five next week.

Those nine features are:

Biutiful (Mexico)
Confessions (Japan)
Dogtooth (Greece)
Even The Rain (Spain)
In A Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Life Above All (South Africa)
Outside the Law (Algeria)
Simple Simon (Sweden)

You can probably call Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Biutiful (starring Javier Bardem in a much lauded, Julia Roberts’ approved performance) and Susanne Bier‘s In A Better World (Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film) the favourites. However, this category famously shuns the favourites and awards lesser known features.

Which is good news for Giorgos LanthimosDogtooth! This unnerving, darkly comic and deeply unsettling satire landed on my Top 10 of 2010 (at #7!), and I was certainly not alone in bestowing such high praise upon this odd little movie.

There is one very notable snub however: Thailand’s Cannes winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, from Apichatpong Weerasethakul. (Frankly, I just wanted to write that name again).

Discuss: Any other foreign films you felt were snubbed?

3 Responses to “>Dogtooth makes Oscar Foreign Film shortlist; Uncle Boonmee snubbed”

  1. >Do we know if/when any of these films will be coming out in Australia?

  2. >Dogtooth arrives on DVD in Aus February 16, 2011.Biutiful will get a limited cinema release in March.In A Better World just completed a short run at the Perth International Arts Festival, and Confessions just played at the Japanese Film Festival in Sydney.We'll be sure to keep peeps up to date on all these film releases 🙂

  3. >Also, Uncle Boonmee plays ACMI in Melbourne Feb/March: http://www.acmi.net.au/media-boonmee.htm

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